2016 Award-Winners

Winners of the inaugural Olga Kern International Piano Competition were showcased in a public recital and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The young pianists were awarded $30,000 in prize money. In addition to a cash prize, the winner will receive a professional recording on the Steinway & Sons label and concert engagements throughout Europe and the United States. All award-winners will be announced at awards ceremony. 

First Prize

Chen Guang
22, China, Italy

Second Prize

Anna Dmytrenko
24, Ukraine, US & Germany

“For me, the Olga Kern Piano Competition was not only a week full of inspiration and creativity, but it was also a life-changing experience, as it propelled my career.”

Third Prize

Anastasiya Naplekova
32, Ukraine, US

“The OKIPC was truly an unforgettable and inspiring experience thanks to the very special people involved in it! They created not only an excellent musical event of a highest standard, but also a warm and inspiring atmosphere that is becoming so rare to find at competitions.”

Fourth Prize

Joshua Rupley
23, US (NM), Germany

Best Contemporary Piece

Anna Dmytrenko

Audience Award

Anna Dmytrenko

Guzik Foundation Award

Anastasiya Naplekova
Yevgeny Yontov

Aspiration Foundation Award

Richard Octaviano Kogima
Willem de Beer
Marie Šumníková
Eren Yahşi

Semifinalists Honorable Mention

Nino Bakradze
Junhui Chen
Richard Octaviano Kogima
Seong-Hyeon Leem
Francisco Montero
Yevgeny Yontov
Yundi Xu

Turek Foundation Bach Award

Junhui Chen

Spivakov Award

Yundi Xu

Press Award

Richard Octaviano Kogima